I wanted to find a low cost solution for a laptop, and since there’s so many options out there today, I began my search by asking my brother, who is an expert at finding good deals and doing the research necessary to get a good product. I’m pretty good at it as well, but when it comes to technology, he’s the go to guy.
The conversation went something like this:
Me: Dude, do you have a good recommendation for a cheap laptop that doesn’t suck?
Justin: I got you, I’ll handle it.
Me: Wait, I’m simply looking for a recommendation, you don’t need to buy it for me.
Justin: Dude, I got you. I’ll look around and give you some recommendations.
Me: Okay, but I only wanna spend $300 max.
Justin: Plenty of options out there!
I swear, no less than 20 minutes later, I get an email in my inbox with a full scale comparison between Chromebooks, tablets, you name it, it’s in the report. He might as well have walked into Best Buy, personally spoken with a Geek Squad member, and had them write the report themselves.
What I ended up with is a Chromebook, made by Google. It’s white, about 11 inches, and easy to carry around.
Now, I’m not saying I’m not a fan of this, but there is some limitations. For the dough, I think I got a very good buy, but I do wish I could have spent a few hundred more bucks and walked away with a Surface.
First off, as the name of the maker might suggest, you have to use all of Google’s programs when using this. You can still surf the web, and use a thumb drive to save documents, but if you’re looking for something that will allow you to download Windows, or run Office on it, this isn’t the machine. This simply allows you, like I said, to look at web pages, and create documents using all of Google’s available tools (which is quite plentiful if you don’t know).
I’ve had a relatively good time using this, but there has been some drawbacks. First off, and maybe this is just my specific machine, I have a very difficult time connecting to the internet when I’m outside of my home network. When I go to coffee shops, or anywhere with Wifi, for some reason I can get online for a bit, but I get cut off, and can’t even get on via my own hotspot. Kind of odd, and I don’t really know what that’s all about, but it’s annoying to say the least.
Since I mainly use it to create documents and then either transfer them over to MS Office when I get to my home computer, it’s served a purpose just fine. I can create excel sheets, word documents, and anything else I need within the Chromebook’s functions, so I’m good with that.
If I had to do it all over again, I would buy it again, but if I had a bit more dough to spend, I would probably upgrade (lemme lemme lemme upgrade ya!) to a more dynamic laptop. The best thing that came out of this is I learned how to use Google’s functions better, which I’m very grateful for.
I’m hopping on a plane tomorrow to fly to Michigan, where I’ll be chauffeured through a few towns before reaching my sticking point for a couple days in Farmington Hills. I’ll holler when I get there!